Ford Sets New Daytona Speed Record with EcoBoost Racer

Days after debuting its new EcoBoost-powered racecar, Ford has announced the machine has set a new speed record at Daytona International Speedway, clocking in a top speed of 222.971 mph!

During a private testing event, Colin Braun piloted the Michael Shank Racing Daytona prototype racecar powred by an EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine to top the 26 year old record Bill Elliott set in a Ford Thunderbird during qualifying for the 1987 Daytona 500. He did it by a significant margin too, with the old recording being 210.364 mph.

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In addition to the obvious advantages of more modern engine technology, the Michael Shank team also worked with Continental Tires, which provided a special tire for the run (one that could not be used for racing), with less rolling resistance and a harder compound.

Braun, who wasn’t even born when Elliott set the previous record, commented on the new record saying, “The power in the new EcoBoost engine was incredible, and it was amazing how fast it came up to speed on the runs.” He also commended the fearlessness of his predecessor. “I can only imagine how edgy it was for Bill Elliott doing those speeds in his Thunderbird stock car.”

In addition to the top speed record, Braun set new world speed records for 10 miles from a standing start with an average speed of 210.018 mph and 10 km from a standing start at 202.438 mph.

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Ford’s new twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine will be back in action competing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the inaugural race of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series in January.

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